Last week I gave a talk at a meetup hosted by Ladies Wine and Design Edinburgh and Creative Pints who invited a group of people to drink some beer and talk about collaboration. I really struggled with how to approach the topic because I knew the audience would be distanced from my usual creative crowd- […]Read More On collaboration as a social justice issue
This morning I gave the opening talk at WordCamp Edinburgh. I shared thoughts and stories about how WordPress could be used for civic engagement and local democracy. Below are the slides and some of the things I wanted to say but didn’t quite manage to get out of my mouth. I want to talk to […]Read More WordPress for civic engagement
Last weekend I was a mentor at a Product Forge hackathon. Product Forge hackathons bring together designers, developers and entrepreneurs over 3 days to develop new ideas, overcome challenges and make new connections. Professionals, students, graduates and freelancers formed small cross-functional teams to to look at the topic of libraries and to consider what the libraries […]Read More My reflections after the Future Libraries hackathon
Earlier this year I was asked to be part of a debate panel for a Turncoats debate as part of the Architecture Fringe. The format of a Turncoats debate is so interesting: debaters open with a deliberately flamboyant short talk, take to the stage to attack each other with tongue firmly in cheek then switch […]Read More The historic built environment is dead, long live the historic built environment
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been hosting digital meetups around the country as part of their Digital Participation programme. The meetups have been great in getting folk together to share ideas, irritations and knowledge. You know, a meetup. It has always been the case that SCVO would kick things off and then […]Read More How I ended up organising a Slack workshop
Earlier this year my friend Alistair Dinnie got in touch to float an idea. Alistair, Refugee and Migration Programme Manager at Edinburgh Council, had given a talk to a group of people in Edinburgh who are interested in supporting refugees and other new migrants to settle in the city. The main thing Alistair was thinking about […]Read More Creative and tech solutions for Edinburgh’s refugees
It’s that time of year again, the time during which I roll out all the reasons and excuses for not blogging regularly. I was making these excuses to the inimitable Dan Slee last week so he set me a six week blogging challenge to help me get over myself and I’m grabbing it. I’ve fallen […]Read More It will all be OK, right?